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How did fleas get so complicated?

on March 10, 2014 - 9:53am

The daffodils are out, signalling spring, sunshine and hope.  Cat fleas are also fans of warmer weather so now seems a good time to discuss how best to see off these itchy little insects!

Centrally heated homes and a reasonably mild climate mean that Cambridge’s cats will suffer fleas year round.  For the majority of cats, fleas will cause mild skin irritation but they can pass on other parasites, such as tapeworm and some nasty microorganisms, such asBartonella henselae and Haemoplasma species.  Cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) may bite humans and will readily set up camp on dogs, being

Mad as a March HAIR!

on March 11, 2013 - 2:17pm

 

 

 

The crocuses are out and I am really noticing my increased energy levels that the lighter mornings and spring sunshine brings.  Cats are definitely venturing out again after their winter hibernation indoors and I have been seeing them getting into all kinds of scrapes in the last couple of weeks!

Day length is actually very important to cats, as in other animals, and triggers the release of various hormones which affect breeding cycles, activity levels and of course hair growth.  Have you noticed that you need to hoover more in the spring?